GERALDINE KELLEY

MKB Architects

SAY IT LOUD - Illinois Exhibitor

Illinois Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

My clients and the people they serve. I have been privileged to work with clients serving the mentally disabled, substance abuse, pregnant homeless teens, and others. I have seen how design can help clients fulfill their mission and change lives.

GERALDINE KELLEY

Bio:

I graduated from the University of Illinois in 1981 and I am a licensed architect. I have been practicing architecture for over 30 years and am a principal at MKB Architects. I served on the West DePaul Neighbors Planning and Zoning Committee:8 yrs, St Josaphat school board as president and various committees:15yrs, presently a board member Lincolns Challenge Academy. Volunteered services to Neumann Family Services, Anixter Center, Gateway Fdn, Gateway to Learning

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I was always attracted to art and design, but equally to problem solving and technology. At the University of Illinois, I learned I could combine both with architecture.

What do you do?

I am involved in every aspect of projects. I meet with clients, oversee design and construction documents, write specs, and am involved with construction admin. I present at community meetings and meet with politicians, building and code officials.

What excites you in the work you do?

Working with a team from design to construction. Projects are years in the making and everyone has something to contribute. Collaboration in design and problem solving result in successful projects and happy clients.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

My clients and the people they serve. I have been privileged to work with clients serving the mentally disabled, substance abuse, pregnant homeless teens, and others. I have seen how design can help clients fulfill their mission and change lives.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Balancing a career with raising 3 daughters. I was 7 months pregnant when I took the licensing exam! (I passed) That and being a part of numerous projects that have greatly impacted people’s lives.

 

Featured Project Name: 

Lincoln Park Community Services

Featured Project Location: 

Chicago, IL 

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2019

Role in Featured Project: 

Lead Designer and Project Architect/Manager

 

Featured Project Description:

The building is 5 stories with 20 permanent supportive housing units and a 48 bed shelter, a 24 bed women’s dorm and a 24 bed men’s dorm. LPCS provides wrap around services, so there are admin offices, drop in center, medical ofc, multi purpose/dining rm, and a commercial kitchen. The building is intentionally U shaped to provide a protected courtyard in which clients can sit or gather, thus fostering the sense of community. The buildings are ADA compliant and a CTA train stop is almost next door.

Photography Credit:

MKB Architects

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